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New Score Video and Demo Recording: Symphony No. 1 in C-Sharp Locrian, 1st Movement

As mentioned in my last update, I’ve been starting to get farther and farther into DIY recording, and have been attempting that process with my Symphony No. 1 in C-Sharp Locrian, Op. 58 for string orchestra.  Today, I have an initial taste of that to share–a score video with my current iteration of the 1st …

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February 2020 Update

Thus far, 2020 is shaping up to be a pretty busy year for my musical endeavors, so I thought I’d do a quick rundown of some of my upcoming events, current projects, and other happenings: Today (February 10th, 2020), I’ll be presenting at this month’s meeting of Cascadia Composers, the local Oregon/Northwest chapter of the …

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A Primer on Arabic Numeral Harmonic Analysis in Modern Modal Music

A Primer on Arabic Numeral Harmonic Analysis in Modern Modal Music Alexander LaFollett If you have encountered my theoretical work on the area of modal and non-tertian harmony, such as my exploration of harmonic syntax in the Locrian mode, you would have also run across my Arabic numeral analysis system, which I use to label …

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The Locrian Mode: No, It’s Not Unusable

The Locrian Mode: No, It’s Not Unusable As a modal composer and theorist, known for geeking out about harmonic technique, I have always been fascinated by the way others perceive the Locrian mode. From my perspective, it is simply a mode, and one that I have been known to use on occasion in my own …

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